- Jeri F. Muchura, 35, is a three-time award-winning photographer.
- She started as a mother who was keen on capturing her daughters' milestones and she has been clicking away since then.
- She shares her story with Soni Kanake.
Jeri Muchura's photography journey started about six years ago as a way of keeping her mind engaged by documenting her daughters' milestones as they grew.
"My girls were two years old and four months old at the time. My mother in-law was so impressed by my phone pictures that she gifted me an old camera she had and I have been taking pictures ever since," explains Jeri.
"Different things inspire me at different times but women's portraiture makes my heart sing. There is something about putting a woman in front of my lens and watching her blossom and fall in love with herself," says Jeri.
"I have noticed time and again that most females aged from five to 65 have difficulties with self-value, self-confidence and self-care. My goal is for my clients to leave their photo session feeling confident; to know that they are worthy, enough and empowered to take on the world."
So where did she learn photography? "I'm a self-taught photographer, a graduate of the University of YouTube and the College of Google," she says amidst laughter. Today the documentary and portrait photographer owns a photography studio in Karen, Nairobi.
Jeri admits it hasn't been easy introducing her version/brand of portraiture to the market. "Educating the market on what I do and why I do it, and why I am different from the rest has brought with it a lot of stressful and self-doubting moments but it has inevitably pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me grow as a person," points out Jeri. "Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that I would own my own beautiful space gifting women and their families these special customised sessions... and they would pay for it. Who would have thought that a hobby would be my bread and butter?" she poses.